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‘It just sums up the FA’ – talkSPORT host Jason Cundy is furious with Wayne Rooney’s return to the England squad

Wayne Rooney’s return to the England squad for their upcoming friendly against the USA is “an embarrassing joke”.

This is the view of talkSPORT host Jason Cundy who went on an incredible rant on the decision to bring the Three Lions’ record goalscorer back into the set-up over a year after he announced his international retirement.

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It’s a decision that has caused huge debate among pundits including talkSPORT’s Mark Saggers, who was very much against a Rooney recall.

However, Vinne Jones told talkSPORT it is a good idea as the friendly will help raise money towards Rooney’s charity The Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Cundy did say he felt sorry for Rooney because his send-off could potentially be overshadowed by this debate.

Speaking to Adrian Durham on Drivetime, Cundy said: “I feel for Wayne Rooney. I feel he has been put in an almost impossible position. He has to say yes, he has to go along with it.


“If the FA come asking what are you going to do?

“Rooney is a legend and he has had a fabulous career and he has served his country well, but come on this is an embarrassing joke.

“The FA have put this right on Gareth Southgate. They have dumped this on him from a great height. He doesn’t want this!

“I am absolutely appalled they have done this to Southgate and England.

“This is a friendly that has now turned into a circus three days before a Nations League match [against Croatia].

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“There are ways of saying goodbye to Rooney, there are ways of doing this and do you know what? It just sums up the FA.”

Cundy also went on to say how this episode could now undermine Southgate’s position as manager to England fans as this decision suggests he is a yes-man for the Football Association.

Cundy added: “He’s now a yes-man. This is the thing we said about Hodgson and previous England managers.

“The one thing that has got England fans very excited about Southgate was that he was not a yes-man. He is NOW a yes-man.”

Listen to Jason Cundy’s full rant on the Rooney saga below.

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